Whisky Review: The Whisky Agency Ardmore 1998 Aged 20 Years

Style: Fruity and Slightly Smoky

Nose:
Fizzing lemonade breezing through, mineral flints, as well as a subtle oysters. Tropical fruits giving a beautiful dose of richness and filling up the aroma nicely. Passion fruits, pineapples and the citrus gradually chiseled into lemon brine, distant smoke joins in and propels till the end.

Palate:
Lemonade continues to sparkle handsomely at the front, limestone and maritime smoke lacing around the spirit. Tropical fruits sinking beneath to support the weight. Passion fruit tea, whipped vanilla cream, a thin slice of peach and cinnamon sticks forming an extra rich layer that most Ardmore does not have. Citrus malt, barbecue smoke, faint hint of abalone shell at the end.

Finish:
Lemon, malt, peat smoke and salt crystals hymning softly, nice.

Thoughts:
I have my fair share of late 90s/modern Ardmores and this is the best one I have tried so far. Most of its counterparts can be a bit… thin and flat that makes them unexciting. This Ardmore though, it does have an additional layer of rich and resounding fruitiness that gel all the elements together as well as extra depth to the expression. Highly enjoyable. Very close to 2 stars, highly recommended to Ardmore fans though.

☆ [Recommended]

[51.7% | Independent Bottling | Single Cask | Cask Strength | 1998 Distilled | 2018 Bottled | Natural Colour | Hogshead | *+]

-Esmond

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